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La Misma Magia de ZIHempre

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Wednesday, June 05, 2019, 11:04 (20 days ago)

Except for the weekend drunks, downtown remains much quieter at this time of year, and those of us who live in the first block are serenaded at night by the music of the waves. One of nature's most soothing sounds. I've grown so accustomed to the sound of our bay from living within earshot of the waves for 30 years that it's always the first sound I miss whenever we've visited anywhere else. Although the Pacific is vast, the sound its waves makes along most of Mexico's coast is quite distinct from the sound of the waves in the Caribbean, the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico, other seas where I've lived. It's often possible for me to name the sea in a movie or TV program just from the sound of the surf if not also by the color of the water. It's how I knew almost right away that the ocean in the Shawshank Redemption wasn't ours. The huge waves from the mar de fondo may change the sound of the waves making them more intense, but the rhythms of our bay and our coast are unmistakable to me as I imagine they are for many residents of our coast, that is, if folks are paying attention. Unfortunately the older I get the more I see that a great deal of people seem to sleepwalk their way through life, and that's a damn shame. But we are all products of our environment.

We've got our flood barriers installed once again in our street level doorways. After several years of bailing water like a crazed robot each time our ground floor has flooded, something that seems to occur more frequently than in years past thanks to all the deforestation and paving of our hillsides, several years ago I saw a photo of a doorway flood barrier and decided we could make something similar instead of building a small concrete dike each year then tearing it down. The trick is to use lots of silicone to plug all the little leaks. Not looking forward to any flooding or putting it to the test, but at least we rest a bit easier at night with our flood barriers installed. An unfortunate necessity.

Cruise ship arrivals have been announced for next year, and as soon as I have some time I'll get the cruise ship schedule updated. The local government says the pier will be ready by December, but frankly I believe that date may be a bit ambitious.

Here's what the pier looked like this morning.
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The sun peeked between the clouds and lit the waves breaking for a few brief moments this morning while we were on the downtown waterfront. Magic!
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